A total of 99 people were arrested during December for being unfit behind the wheel through drink or drugs.
- 35 of these arrests were made following a road traffic collision
- 33 of the arrested drivers were aged 25 or under
- Over a third of the arrests were made in Leicester (37) along with significant numbers in Charnwood (21) North West Leicestershire (12) and Hinckley & Bosworth (9)
- The highest road side breath test was 141, over four times the legal limit
Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership said,
“The number of arrests is significantly up on December 2016, when we saw 50 people arrested, including 46 drink and four drug. What is particularly alarming is number of younger drivers, thirty three in total, who chose to put themselves at risk, that’s a third of the overall arrests, equally concerning is the increase in the number of drug drivers being detained, over twenty in this case.”
“Although our seasonal campaign has come to an end officers will continue to patrol across the force area to make our roads safer, including our towns, villages and rural areas, if you choose to drink drug drive you will get caught.”